Optimize AWS Spend the Cost-Effective Way

Cost-efficiency is king when it comes to trying to optimize AWS spend. In order to achieve genuine optimization, you have to weigh up the cost of the methods and tools available to you to achieve your goal against their effectiveness, and then decide the best option for your specific requirements.

For example, switching off non-production instances when they are not required is one of the best ways of reducing AWS spend; but is the cost of reassigning developers away from their core projects in order to write scheduling scripts more than your business will save by automating the scheduling process?

The same applies to AWS management software packages. If you were to implement such a solution – which would undoubtedly include more features than you are likely to use – would your net savings justify the time and expense invested in it? Would you actually optimize AWS spend? Probably not.

Using ParkMyCloud to Optimize AWS Spend: Step 1

ParkMyCloud is a lightweight app that does just one thing – helps to optimize AWS spend. It does this by conducting a discovery of your business´s resources deployed on AWS via a limited-permissions IAM role and recommending which are suitable for “parking” – scheduling on-off times for non-production and “blue-green deployment” instances when they are not required.

Although similar in some respects to reassigning developers to write scheduling scripts, ParkMyCloud is far more flexible. System administrators can apply, amend or cancel parking schedules with the click of a mouse, and apply “Always Parked” schedules if development teams work in irregular patterns. “Always Parked” schedules can be snoozed quickly and easily, and re-activate automatically after a period of inactivity.

Businesses will typically save up to 65% of the cost of deploying non-production EC2 and RDS instances on AWS, based on a 120-hour parking schedule which switches the instance on at 8:00 a.m. each morning and switches them off at 8:00 p.m. each evening (Monday to Friday). Some business can save much more depending on their specific requirements.

Using ParkMyCloud to Optimize AWS Spend: Step 2

However, optimizing AWS spend is more than just reducing costs. It is also about maintaining the savings you make by automating the scheduling process. ParkMyCloud helps business´s maintain their savings and optimize AWS spend through increased accountability and improved governance.

The increased accountability and improved governance is provided by ParkMyCloud´s single-view dashboard. Our dashboard displays all a business´s cloud-deployed resources (Azure and Google, as well as AWS), giving system administrators total visibility over all the business´s cloud accounts. Administrators can monitor activity on the accounts in real time, or order reports to review historic activity.

The dashboard also helps administrators identify unused and underused resources. These can either be retired, resized or reallocated to a different pricing plan according to present or planned demand, and it will also be easier to create auto-scaling or logical groups for the easier management of the resources. In summary, ParkMyCloud helps you optimize AWS spend by saving you money and saving you time.

Optimize Your AWS Spend with ParkMyCloud for Free

If you are trying to optimize AWS spend, or have tried various solutions in the past and found them not to be cost-effective, do not hesitate to contact us and request a free trial of ParkMyCloud. The free trial consists of a fully-enabled version of our app that will provide you with all the tools you need to optimize AWS spend.

During the trial, you will be able to apply, adjust and cancel parking schedules to weigh up how much you can save (ParkMyCloud projects each schedules savings as it is applied), identify unused and underused resources, and try using the “Always Parked” function whenever possible to experience its ease of use. Whatever you save during your trial is yours to keep!

Once the trial has concluded, you have the options of subscribing to one of competitive pricing plans (these typically pay for themselves within two months) or continuing to use a feature-limited version of ParkMyCloud for free. The feature-limited version of our software will still provide you with the tools you need to schedule on-off times for non-production instances, but lacks some of the features you may need to maintain your savings and optimize AWS spend.

Contact us today to find out more and to start your free trial.